First-year FRCC student and first-time scholarship recipient Andrew Sias enjoys quoting comedian Milton Berle: “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.” And so he did. Returning to school meant quitting his full-time job and draining what little savings he had. Andrew was awarded two scholarships, the Louis P. Singer Memorial Scholarship and the Gerald Dotson Ph.D. Scholarship, which made college possible.
Like many students at FRCC, Andrew is the first in his family to attend college. His goal is to earn a degree in molecular biology and attend medical school so he can help people who need it most. And it is important to him to be a success and role model for family and friends—to demonstrate that what appears unattainable can be attained through hard work and dedication.
Life can be tough at times, Andrew acknowledges. He gets up early and goes to bed late; if he is not studying, he is working part time to pay bills. He credits the Foundation’s Student Success Program and its hands-on approach for providing needed help and credits an exceptional instructor for giving him confidence.
“Receiving these scholarships has really meant the world to me,” Andrew explains. “When you make the decision to go to school or go back to school, you need to believe in yourself. That’s a given and a must if you’re going to push yourself to succeed. However, when there are donors you've never met, who see your potential in you, who invest in you on the promise that you will better yourself and not let their award go to waste that is amazing.”
Andrew’s experience with the FRCC community at has taught him that he doesn’t have to face challenges alone. This encouragement underscores how important it is not to let himself or his donors and FRCC support system down.